Tuesday, May 29, 2018

San Diego Plans for Rising Seas

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of San Diego recently agreed to team up with US Navy to plan for possible sea level rise impacts when it pursued a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Commander Navy Region Southwest.

The agreement allows the port and the navy to share data, look at the latest and best scientific information and modeling for sea level rise and develop policies and measures.

"This MOA is yet another indication of the close and productive relationship between the Port of San Diego and the Navy, a relationship that benefits the entire San Diego region,” said Rear Admiral Yancy Lindsey, Commander Navy Region Southwest. “The potential impacts of sea level rise do not recognize jurisdictional boundaries and demand collaboration among all stakeholders. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the port, local municipalities, and other interested parties on this challenge to ensure the resiliency and viability of our Navy installations, San Diego Bay, and its surrounding communities, now and into the future.”

Meanwhile, the port has been putting together its own study and assessment of how sea level rise could affect its facilities and infrastructure. Phase One involves an assessment in how vulnerable San Diego is to flooding as a result from sea level rise and major storms.

“The Port and the Navy are responsible for the San Diego Bay coastline – it’s vital that we work together to evaluate and plan for the potential impacts of sea level rise,” said Chairman Rafael Castellanos, Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners. “Our partnership ensures that we will continue to be a resilient, strategic port and economic engine well into the future.”